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Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Register Today for October 19 Session

Pollinator Decline and the Managed Honey Bee
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 3:00 p.m. HST
Jerry Hayes, Chief, Apiary Inspection Section for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Plant Industry


The ABF Education Committee has been hard at work developing new ways to keep its members engaged and informed in between ABF annual conferences each year. To this end, the ABF is pleased to introduce a new online educational Webinar series titled "Conversation with a Beekeeper." Plans are in place to host these sessions every few months.

The inaugural session will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. ET, and will feature Jerry Hayes, the chief of the Apiary Inspection Section for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Plant Industry. More details on his presentation can be found below.


SESSION DETAILS

Pollinator Decline and the Managed Honey Bee

It's no secret that the apiary industry is under siege from pests, diseases, Colony Collapse Disorder and other environmental factors. As a result, the managed honey bee continues to struggle for survival and, by extension, so does today's beekeeper.

Join us as we take a deeper dive into the state of pollinator decline and the future of the industry with Jerry Hayes, the chief of the Apiary Inspection Section for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Plant Industry.

Hayes participates in the CCD Working Group, the BIP Board and is a Project Apis m. Science Advisor. In addition, he has authored the "Classroom" column in the American Bee Journal for 25 years from which the book of the same name was developed. Hayes is also an author or co-author on 20+ honey bee research papers.

But, he wasn't always a beekeeper or in the industry. He started off as a high school teacher and hated it, but then he discovered beekeeping and, just like you, he devoured everything about honey bees. Soon after he obtained a degree in Apiculture he worked at the USDA ARS Bee Breeding and Stock Lab in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and then on to Dadant & Sons as director of New Product Development.
 


IMPORTANT SESSION FORMAT / REGISTRATION INFORMATION

The sessions will be conducted via the Cisco WebEx online meetings platform, which means the presenter will have a visual presentation, as well as an audio presentation. You do not have to have access to a computer to participate! As long as you have access to a phone you can listen in to the session.

Please note that space is limited and open to the first 100 ABF members. Reserve your spot today by e-mailing Amanda Hammerli, ABF membership coordinator, at amandahammerli@abfnet.org or by calling the ABF offices at 404.760.2875.

Registration will close 48 business hours before the scheduled session. Twenty-four hours before the session the registered participant will receive an e-mail confirming participation, along with the necessary information to join the session. If an e-mail address is not provided, the ABF will call the participant with the information. Questions for the speaker must be submitted 48 business hours in advance to Amanda Hammerli.

If you are unable to make the session, don't fear! Each session will be recorded and available on the ABF Web site for member-only access.

posted October 2011

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